The Cajun-Acadian Express featuring Lunch with Chef Stephen Stryjewski (Pêche Seafood Grill) & Chef Jason Lynch (Le Caveau)
Just a short jaunt from downtown Wolfville, this moving tour through the history of the Acadian people at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site includes a walk of the UNESCO World Heritage Site grounds including the Memorial Church and the Deportation Cross and a special stop to the Grand Pré View Park. Following this, guests will be treated to a wine tasting at Domaine de Grand Pré Winery and a Cajun-Acadian-inspired lunch at Le Caveau Restaurant, named one of twenty of the world’s best winery restaurants by Wine Access magazine. Featuring a collaborative lunch with New Orleans Chef Stephen Stryjewski (Pêche Seafood Grill-winner of James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in America 2013) and Chef Jason Lynch (Le Caveau).
Round trip: 3 hours.
Having grown up in a rural farm community in Nova Scotia, product and quality has always been important to Jason Lynch. This upbringing has set the tone for Jason’s restaurant, Le Caveau, located in the Annapolis Valley where he started his journey.
After working in Toronto and Ottawa while attending Le Cordon Bleu, he decided to move home to train with some of Canada’s best restaurateurs – David Barrett, Nicholas Pierce and their Chef Werner Bassen. After years of experience, Jason took the chance to move back to the Annapolis Valley where he has dedicated himself to working with local farmers, meat purveyors and fish mongers to build a supply chain that supplies the majority of the product used in his restaurants. He ensures his food reflects his care and passion for good clean product, sticking to his philosophy of going beyond nose to tail while using all of the ingredients before him within each season.
Winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef South,” Stephen Stryjewski is the Chef and Co-owner of the award-winning Cochon Restaurant, as well as Chef and Co-owner of the award-winning Pêche Seafood Grill. Growing up in an army family, Stephen grew up moving between the US and Europe. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1997, he went on to work for some of the most notable chefs and restaurants in America including Michael Chiarello at TraVigne, Jamie Shannon at Commanders Palace and Jeff Buben at Vidalia.
Prior to opening Cochon, Stephen worked with his now partner, Donald Link, at Herbsaint Restaurant, where he was recognized for his delicious, simple, straightforward cuisine, and his commitment to using seasonal ingredients. That commitment has continued through to Butcher, an artisanal meat shop and wine bar, which opened in 2009, focusing on European cured meats and Cajun sausages. In 2013, Stephen celebrated the opening of Pêche Seafood Grill with his chef partners Donald Link and Ryan Prewitt. Pêche was awarded “Best New Restaurant” at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. Stephen now resides in New Orleans’ Irish Channel with his wife and two girls.